This is definitely not the type of book I normally pick up. I would put it in the category of a “beach read,” ie, something I wouldn’t want to read in public, lest anyone see me with it out of shame. Not to say it’s a bad book, but just the type of chick lit I normally don’t like to be associated with (she says, snottily).
I picked it up while visiting a friend and have to admit I enjoyed it. It’s a “poor little rich girl” story so don’t expect to learn big lessons, or be moved, though you may chuckle a few times. Jen Lancaster chronicles her fall, which happens slowly and with a resounding painful thud. She starts out as a stereotypical sorority girl mega-bitch who has taken the business world by storm with a sizable paycheck, designer handbags, and penchant for getting her own way. Due to economic downturn and collapse of her field she finds herself unemployed which for what she assumes is a tiny bump in the road. She quickly learns that she is one of many qualified unemployed applicants and the tiny bump in the road turns into a crushing mountain of bills, lifestyle changes, and eventual (somewhat) enlightenment.
Don’t expect a complete turnaround in personality or attitude, but she certainly learns some, and is humbled, while still maintaining her bitch-itude. An easy and fun read, amusing, but not something I’d put on a “must read” list.